Posts Tagged ‘Europe’
Europe’s Most Unmissable Festival
Winner Announced: Monday 24th Nov 2014
One thing I did not expect to discover when I set out on the European Bazaar project was just how many festivals there are out there that people would call bizarre. Even after over a year of researching and six months trekking back and forth across the continent, I’m still having people regale me with events, ceremonies or competitions that : 1) test my credulity and 2) I struggle to believe I’m yet to hear about.
And the winner of the 2014 One Small World Awards category of Europe’s Most Fun Festival To Compete In is….
EUROPE’S MOST FUN FESTIVAL TO COMPETE IN
Winner announced: Friday 14th Nov 2014
For millennia humanity has attempted to quantify what makes us human, what separates us from the animals. Philosophers have wasted away in their garrets consumed by the desire to distill the essence of our species down to a single, perfect account.
And the winner of the 2014 One Small World Awards category of Europe’s Most Outrageous Festival is….
EUROPE’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS FESTIVAL
Winner announced: Wednesday 5th Nov 2014
Scratch Europe’s distinguished surface and underneath you’re likely to find a sequined spandex jumpsuit. For all its pomposity, ceremony and history Europe is a vast petri dish of cultures, each bubbling with their own subversive predilections.
While the rest of France was celebrating Bastille Day – their national holiday – with military marches and parades, the little town of Mahalon marked the occasion with an atmosphere of fun and carnival…and a bit of hospital bed racing.
For 1000 years the people of Echternach in Luxembourg have been celebrating the life and achievements of their chosen saint, the good St Willibrord. In fact, they’ve been celebrating it for so long that no one actually remembers why they celebrate the way they do.
They just do, and that’s good enough for them.